1994 Foxes Home Game #14 – May 18

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: May 18
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
CONDITIONS: Sunny, 68°

montane94The Foxes had a terrible, no good, horrible, really bad ninth inning against Kane County in home game #13.  Then, they went on the road for eight games.  May 17 was an off day as the team regrouped to face South Bend.

Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 3b
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – dh
Brian Wallace – 1b
Alex Sutherland – c
Chad Dunavan – rf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf

Byron Matthews – cf
Jason Evans – lf
Frank Menechino – 2b
Nilson Robled0 – 1b
Greg Norton – 3b
Andre Newhouse – dh
Shawn Buchanan – rf
Bob Mumma – c
Jimmy Reyes – ss

The Silver Hawks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning.  They had runners at second and third with one out.  Shawn Buchanan’s grounder to short was booted by Alex Rodriguez to let the runner from third score.

In the third, Byron Matthews singled to start the inning and an error by Marcus Sturdivant in left allowed Matthews to take third base.  Jason Evans followed with an RBI single, 2-0 South Bend.

In the fourth, South Bend had two on with one out and Bob Mumma hit a three-run home run to left, 5-0 South Bend.

In the fifth, Evans singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a grounder by Nilson Robledo, 6-0 South Bend.

Montane was done after the fifth inning and Robin Cope entered for a scoreless sixth.

The Foxes bats got going in the bottom of the sixth.  Giomar Guevara reached on an error.  Rodriguez singled to put runners on the corners.  Brian Wallace grounded out to third with two outs, but a wild throw let Guevara score.  Alex Sutherland was next and he doubled in a pair of runs.
Chad Dunavan struck out, but reached on a passed ball to keep the inning alive.  Sturdivant singled in Sutherland and the Foxes had cut the South Bend lead to a pair of runs.  That was it for Wayne Lindemann.  Toby Lehman took over on the mound and got the final out of the frame.

BUT, the Silver Hawks struck again in the seventh.  They put the first two runners on base.  Robledo bunted and Cope threw wildly to let a run score.  A walk to Greg Norton loaded the bases and ended Cope’s day.

Dean Crow took over for the Foxes and allowed a two-run single to Andre Newhouse, 9-4 South Bend. What do you think, manager Carlos Lezcano?
An intentional walk to Mumma was sandwiched between a pair of outs.  Then, Crow hit Mathews to force in a run, 10-4 South Bend.

The Foxes went down in order in the seventh and eighth.  Then, the ninth inning blues started again for the Foxes bullpen.

Greg Theron gave up a single and a walk with one out.  Evans clubbed a three-run homer to right, 13-4 South Bend.

What do you think, pitching coach Juan Eichelberger?
Sturdivant did collect a one out double in the bottom of the ninth, but that was it.

Marcus Sturdivant: 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-4, RUN, K, error
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-3, K

Appleton’s defense committed four errors in the game.

On the scoresheet, Cope is charged with four earned runs.  But, by my count, he should not have been charged with any earned runs.  I should check with Howe Sportsdata to see if that ever got corrected.

This was the second straight home loss for the Foxes.  They are 8-6 through their first 14 home games of the 1994 season.

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